apkerga (11) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very harsh alcoholic taste and astringence. It did easy up as it warmed in the glass and a great depth of flavors were noticeable.
nixter (11) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tastes like congnac without the alcohol bite.... slightly spicy, orange peel, medium body, very rich. Apparently a case of the 2000 old stock just sold on e-bay for almost $500.
gotmos (11) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004, bottle. Brown with a little bit of head. Strong aroma of licorice, alcohol, fruit, coffee and sweet malt. Creamy texture with hoppy fruity flavor at the onset with a strong alcohol taste that fades into a very tasty choclaty coffee flavor at the end with a little bit of bitterness. Very good but the alcohol is a little overbearing to the beginning flavors. Aftertaste is very enjoyable.
Systembolaget (11) - Malmoe, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 version in a bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown colour with a medium large light brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, leather and hints of iron. Flavor is malty with caramel, syrup, toffee, raisins and liquorice. After a while a small hoppy bitterness is recognizable behind the other flavors. Not bad but a bit to sweet for me.
rpm56 (10) - USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to a nice caramel head that dissipates in about two minutes, leaving a beautiful deep cooper ale. A nose of damp leaves and wood. A smooth palate and lasting finish. One of my favorite ales.
Hops4MyHips (10) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage: Pours a very nice cloudy mahogany. Aroma is nice, with dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol-the flavor doesnít quite meet my expectations set forth by my nose, yet as it warms, the flavor ever so slightly more-but not much. Initially it tasted a bit bitter with herbs such as lavender and dark coffee. I was surprised at the lack of sweetness, since most of the aroma contained some kind of sweet scent. As it warmed it strengthened in its robust coffee flavor and alcohol. Overall, not a bad beer. Quite palatable and would not mind having another.
Farmgirl73 (10) - - MAR 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm reminds me of Thomas Hardyís ale. Beautiful malt profile hides the high alcohol content
LagunaBeerMan (10) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not your typical beer. First off I just wanna say this is such an awesome beer just because of how different it is. Itís put in scotch wood barrels and it really tastes like your sipping a nice scotch Iím surprised by the reviews I read that nobody has mentioned that yet.
I poured a 2012 unaged 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Itís very dark amber, small head. Complex and strong. Tastes of raisin, plums, toast, wood and alcohol. Made for aging, can only imagine how it would taste after a few years. Great beer.
baumanj (9) - Northfield, Alabama, USA - MAR 5, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012. So so so sweet. Dessert beer. Amazingly sweet. Stilton or some smelly strong cheese - appetizer beer. Strong alcoholic sweetness with a complex barleywine aroma - light raisin and some caramel.
dsagoas (9) - , Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07 bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish orange. No head. Aroma and flavor both show ripe fruit, hazelnut and vanilla. Also a generous alcohol warmth. The bitterness cuts through the sweetness so its not overly sweet on the palate, The alcohol lingers through the swallow. Complex and strong. In general, not my type of beer, but impressive how they maintain the sweetness but not allowing it to be cloying.